Why the rush?

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

Mr. Hammond said, “If we make $1 it’s better than what you’re making today because you’re not making anything.”  I question the accuracy of that statement. Florida Probation Service currently pays $750 per month ($9,000 per year) to rent an office in the Wewahitchka Sheriff’s sub-station plus provides free internet service for the sub-station.  The monthly internet fee is $200 per month - $2,400 per year.  The rental income and free internet will be gone.  Sheriff Harrison stated in the June 11 meeting that it will be difficult to keep the sub-station open without the money from Florida Probation Service.  The sub-station is important to the citizens of Wewahitchka – they deserve a law enforcement presence in the northern part of Gulf County.

Another wrong-headed decision was made by the BOCC June 11.  This takes me back to the vote on moving Public Works to Howard Creek; the vote had to be taken that day.  That was a bad decision then and this is a bad decision now.  Commissioners Smiley, McLemore and Yeager, your bad judgment will cost the people of Gulf County.  Commissioner Yeager, waiting two weeks to at least see a written proposal surely can’t be too much to ask – at the end of the day.

Barbara Radcliff

Indian Pass

P. S.  Since the June 11 meeting, the County Attorney has sent a letter to Florida Probation Service requesting they remain on the job until October 1, 2013.  All the more curious why the vote had to be taken June 11 if the County wants Florida Probation Service to remain on the job 3½ months longer.  The contract allows for a 60-day out clause.  Again, why the rush to push through this decision?

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